The game being too hard at its Very High level of detail, we benchmarked the cards without FSAA to get a more playable speed.
FSAA being disabled, the game’s memory requirements are only really high at 1920x1200 which makes the GeForce 8800 GTX the leader. At the lower resolutions the ex-flagship is no better than the reference GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB and is slightly slower than the pre-overclocked version from XFX. There is no playing comfort as the average frame rate is as low as 18-20fps.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
The frame rate is fixed at 30fps in this game as this is the rate at which the physical model is being updated at the server. Thus, this 30fps speed is the required minimum for playing the game.
The increased clock rates of the XFX card give it no special advantage in this test. The performance growth is insignificant by itself, about 4-6%. This is enough for the card to become the winner, though. On the other hand, the game is just as enjoyable on Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 Ultra cards.